San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Tuesday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 8-3 to Oklahoma City) (16-19 on the season)
Jesse Scholtens – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
Brian O’Grady – (3-for-5) R, RBI, 2 SO
Tucupita Marcano – (2-for-4) R, BB
Nick Tanielu – (1-for-2) 3 BB
It’s a rough game when your starter gives up one run and still gets the loss. That was the case for El Paso on Tuesday. Scholtens started the game in hot water. In the bottom of the 1st, he had loaded the bases with no outs and was able to work out the jam in just six pitches. Despite a lack of offense during his outing, he kept them in a position to win the game. It wasn’t until the 7th when the game imploded. Peter Markel took over on the mound, allowed three runs on two extra-base hits, and was then pulled without recording an out.
The bats had their opportunities this game. In the top of 3rd, they had bases loaded with two outs but failed to get a run across. Once again, in the 8th, the bases were loaded with one out. This time they managed to walk and score a second run on a wild pitch. That still wouldn’t be enough to stay in the game.
San Antonio Missions (Won 5-3 Over Northwest Arkansas) (21-16 on the season)
Adrian Martinez – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
Eguy Rosario – (3-for-4) 2B, 2 R, 2 SB
Jose Azocar – (2-for-4) 3B, R, RBI, SO
Jack Suwinski – (1-for-3) HR, 2 R, RBI, BB
June has been a very kind month to Jack Suwinski. He has raised his OPS from .931 on June 1st to 1.000 after today’s game. He helped the Missions out with his 11th home run of the season. His teammate Eguy Rosario also had a great performance. This was just the second time with three or more hits in a game, but it’s indicative of a trend. He was flat-out unproductive to start the season. His .276 batting average is a huge accomplishment after barely hitting the .200 mark in May.
Reggie Lawson did work the first two innings on the mound for the Missions. He is starting to build up stamina after having Tommy John surgery in 2020. Adrian Martinez took on the bulk of the innings in what acted as his 7th start of the season. He allowed three runs on a home run, three hits, and a hit by pitch.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 5-4 to Dayton) (16-20 on the season)
Ethan Elliott – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, BB, 5 SO
Jonny Homza – (2-4) R, RBI, 3 SO
Kelvin Melean – (2-4) 2B, R
Reinaldo Ilarraza – (1-4) RBI, BB, 2 SO
Late game implosion. That’s the story. The Dragons had five hits and one walk going into the 9th inning. In that 9th inning, they would score four in a walk-off victory. This is another case where a great start goes to waste. Elliott worked six innings of one-run ball with a very similar outing to Scholtens at Triple-A. Luckily for Elliott, he wouldn’t be pegged for the loss, unlike his fellow starting pitching in El Paso.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 6-2 Over Inland Empire) (18-19 on the season)
Carlos Guarate – 6.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Jordy Barley – (1-for-5) HR, R, 2 RBIs
Zack Mathis – (3-for-4)
Gilberto Vizcarra – (1-for-2) 2 RBIs
JUST. LIKE. THAT.
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) June 16, 2021
This game was a pitcher’s duel for seven innings. Both sides combined for just seven hits, and Inland Empire had scored the only run of the game. In the 8th, Jordy Barley hit a two-run homer to give Storm a 2-1 lead. Then the 66ers bounced back to make it a tie game in the 9th. That is when Inland Empire imploded, and Lake Elsinore took advantage. A hit by pitch with bases loaded would score the first run of the inning. Then Gilberto Vizcarra hit a bases-clearing single. That would be enough as Chase Walter came in to lock down the 6-2 win.
Tomorrow’s Probable Pitchers
El Paso – No Game
San Antonio – Caleb Boushley (2-2 3.52 ERA)
Fort Wayne – Matt Waldron (2-1 2.95 ERA)
Lake Elsinore – TBD